The 100-metre diet: Think spring now to take your weedy lawn to foodie heaven
Ottawa Citizen

By Megan Gillis, Ottawa Citizen, September 1, 2017

It was more than a decade ago that newly-minted locavores started buzzing about the 100-mile diet and its benefits for both our health and the earth.

But a growing number of Ottawans like Conrad Melanson are going one better, turning lawns into vegetable gardens for bountiful harvests then year-round meals right outside their front or back doors. They’ve turned DIY into GIY (Grow It Yourself). “This is like the 100-metre diet – not even,” Melanson joked.

He and his wife, Anne-Marie Gervais, had a scruffy lawn that was more weeds than grass when they decided to grow a few herbs.

Now their south-facing 66 by 40 foot Alta Vista backyard also produces beans, peas, lettuce, carrots, tomatoes big and small, sweet and three kinds of hot peppers, chard, kale, garlic, radishes, cucumbers, zucchini and beets. What they can’t eat right away they freeze, pickle and can for winter.

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